In Others’ Words: Learning to Live with Brokenness

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Brokenness fascinates me. It seems the theme of brokenness intrigues a lot of people — a lot of writers, to be specific. Elisa Morgan wrote about it in her book The Beauty of Broken. Then there’s Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Henry T. Blackaby’s Brokenness: The Heart God Revives; Finding God’s Blessings in Brokenness  by Charles Stanley; and of course Ann Voskamp’s best-selling …

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

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  Mention “theme,” and most people are transported back to English class, when the teacher asked, “What is the theme of this book?” Some of us had fun with this question about the central idea in a novel or short story or poem or play, and some of us started counting the days until summer vacation. And then some of …

In Others’ Words: Personal Investment

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Warren Buffett’s net worth is $75.6 billion — he’s #2 on Forbes’ list of “The 12 Notable New Billionaires of 2017.” Bill Gates is #1, if you’re curious.  And yet, here’s a billionaire recommending investing in yourself rather then investing in stocks or bonds — even saying this investment is the best kind. This past Sunday, my husband and I …

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

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I had a lunch date with my husband yesterday. While we were talking, he mentioned the year anniversary of someone coming to work at his office. I stopped him and said, “Has it really been a year? That time went by fast.” Life moving fast? That happens a lot.  I start counting down to something special, something weeks or even …

In Others’ Words: Ignite!

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It’s back to school time, friends. Not for me … no, no, no. But it is back to school for my youngest daughter — who is a junior in high school — and a gazillion other people, of course. My daughter is finishing up her required summer reading. (Three books. And papers.) And we’re also doing all the necessary prep. …

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

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Our perspective affects our outlook on life. And author Robert Brault’s mindset makes me smile. We all know the traditional, here-they-come-again celebrations. Birthdays. Independence Day. Thanksgiving. Yom Kippur. Christmas. Weddings — and the subsequent anniversaries. Graduations. But what other special occasions can we celebrate besides the ones already prewritten on most calendars? The photo above is recreated at every Deep …

In Others’ Words: Looking Past the Plan

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So, I’d like y’all to do something for me today, please. Raise your hand if your life has gone according to plan.  Um … okay, we all know I can’t see your raised hands, but I’m also willing to bet that not a single one of you raised your hands. Am I right? Of course I am. Life rarely lines up with our …

In Others’ Words: New Year, New Start?

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I’ve missed you all, although I did enjoy my social media break. It helped me achieve more of an “all is calm” attitude the past couple of weeks. I hope each one of you found comfort and joy during the holiday season. We’re three days into 2017, and I’ve seen so many blogs, Facebook posts, Instagram photos, and tweets proclaiming excitement …

In Others’ Words: Revved Up or Relaxed

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I experienced the whole “stuck in overdrive” ordeal  for real yesterday. I was driving on the highway when my car started revving up and, even when I tried to brake, the car wouldn’t slow down. I was coming up on my exit — and a red light — in a minute or less, and praying my car would stop even as …

In Others’ Words: It’s a Mess

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One of the great truths that I’ve embraced is that life is messy. Really, really messy. And I’m okay with that. When I say I’m okay with life being messy, I don’t mean I like the messiness of life. Not at all. What I mean is I’ve stopped pretending life isn’t messy … that life doesn’t hurt … that things …